Bear Down! Or in 2018, it could be Bear Up!

The Bears are looking for their most successful season in a long time in 2018.

The Bears are looking for their most successful season in a long time in 2018.

Anthony Calabrese, Staff writer

The Chicago Bears had quite the offseason. They have a chance at competing with the better teams this year, and that’s something they haven’t had in a long time. They picked up some great players in the past few months, and hopefully the addition of these players will help better their win-loss record this year.

The Bears had some great draft picks. Their first pick in this year’s draft was Roquan Smith, a linebacker. There were some contractual difficulties at first, but now he is officially with the team. Many fans believe he will be the next great linebacker in Chicago, following the likes of Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher.

They also drafted some new receivers for Mitchell Trubisky: Anthony Miller and Javon Wims. This is great for the team because the offense last year was terrible, due to Trubisky having no good receivers to throw to. Now that problem appears to be fixed

They also picked up some great players during free agency. The most notable pickup is Allen Robinson, a wide receiver. He was an amazing player on the Jaguars, making the Pro Bowl. Hopefully, he can be just as good in Chicago. Another receiver they picked up was Taylor Gabriel, AKA “Turbo Taylor.” As his nickname suggests, he is extremely fast. Gabriel will bring a new uniqueness to this offense that we’ve never seen before. Another pickup during free agency was Trey Burton, a tight end. He was on the Eagles last year, and he put up decent numbers. He will be the starting tight end for the Bears.

The addition everyone is talking about isn’t from the draft, nor is it from free agency. It’s from a trade with the Oakland Raiders. The Bears somehow traded the Raiders a couple first round picks, a third round pick, and a sixth round pick to get Khalil Mack, one of the best defensive players in the league today. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and has been in the Pro Bowl for the past three years, and most impressively, he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in the 2016 season.

This is a monumental pickup for the Bears, a team usually known for being stingy and letting high-priced talent slip away. The Bears then locked up Mack to a six-year contract worth well more than $100 million. Mack may be the key to a successful season.

With all the players the Chicago Bears picked up this year, it wouldn’t be surprising if they improved from their abysmal 5-11 record from last year.

In their first game, on Sept. 9, the Bears looked solid, albeit for one half.

Opening up with the rival Green Bay Packers, the Bears opened a 20-0 lead and even knocked out Packers’ all-pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, in a scene that has become all too familiar to Bears fans, the Packers came roaring back and Rodgers threw three second-half touchdowns to break Bears’ fans hearts 24-23.

In Week 2, the Bears again held a halftime lead, this time 10-3 against the still-dangerous Seattle Seahawks. This time, though, there was no second-half let-down as Trubisky threw two touchdowns to offset two interceptions as the Bears won 24-17.

At 1-1, the Bears are only a half-game behind Green Bay and Minnesota in the NFC North Division, and the 2018 season looks like it could be one to keep Bear fans interested until the end. With 14 more games to go, things should only get better.

Bear down.